Prosecutors Find a Whole Lot of Thieving Going on at Vostochny

Vladimir Putin reviews a map showing the plan for the Vostochny spaceport. (Credit: Presidential Press and Information Office)
Vladimir Putin reviews a map showing the plan for the Vostochny spaceport. (Credit: Presidential Press and Information Office)

It’s been no secret that Russia’s $3 billion Vostochny spaceport has experienced its fair share of corruption, what with alleged embezzler having been captured in Balarus driving around a diamond-encrusted Mercedes and working going unpaid for months at a time.

Earlier this week, Russia’s Prosecutor General revealed the true extent of the theft uncovered thus far: a whopping 7.5 billion rubles ($126 million) has been stolen. That’s 4.2 percent of the $3 billion being spent on the new spaceport in Russia’s Far East.

Officials are hoping to complete work on the new facility by the end of November, with the first launched scheduled the following month.

  • windbourne

    It used to be under the old USSR dictators that they pretended to pay them, and the workers pretended to work.
    Now, with the new dictator Putin, it is a case of simply not paying and the workers are looting to make ends meet.

    What is interesting is that this started PRIOR to Russia’s invasion of Crimea/Ukraine, which means PRIOR to sanctions being put on them.
    Russia is in for big trouble since they can not make ends meet before running into trouble.

  • patb2009

    It’s not a Russian project without at least 30% for graft.

  • savuporo

    A very short post by Doug, but a very intriguing guessing game. Because this was in pravda, it must be true, right ?
    Think of the options. Russian Prosecutor General is being paid by whom ? What are his motives for implicating a particular individual ? Are the billions really gone ? Were Dima and Volodja really working or just leaning on the spade pretending to work ? Is Russian space industry in trouble because of the bad man stole all the money that a benevolent dict^H^H^H^Hleader gave for the worthy goal ? Is the system not workable and corruption an emergent property of the incentives and humans in the system?

    Lots to think about. Zhili, byli, dumat ne nushna.